“Lewis Thomas receiving his Man of the Match award ”
The unbeaten league record remains intact but for long spells, particularly in the first half and late in the game, it came under serious threat from the Portsmouth-based visitors, writes John Davis.
Moneyfields obviously like the playing surface at the Universal Components Stadium and following last season's cup success at the ground they dominated much of the first period of this game. In truth they could gone in at the break two or three goals to the good.
It was only the heroics of goalkeeper Lewis Thomas that kept them at bay as he made a strong full length save to a Brett Poate free kick, blocked an effort from Joe Briggs and pulled off a double save from first Lewis Fennemore and then Dan Wooden.
At the other end, Adam Price fired over the bar, Dave Sims-Burgess had an effort from the edge of the box saved, a Joe Guest shot was charged down and Ollie Mehew was only halted by Moneyfields goalkeeper Steve Mawthorpe as he chased a lobbed pass from Elliott Keightley.
Yate did look more threatening at the beginning of the second period and almost went in front. Moneyfields gave the ball away with a cross-field pass and after Mehew had given Sims-Burgess a shooting chance only a strong hand from Mawthorpe kept the ball out.
When action swung to the other end it was the visitors who got on the score-sheet after Briggs had been brought down in the box as he ran in from the left. Thomas got down well to block Conor Bailey's spot kick and then Daniel Wooden's follow up but was eventually beaten when Bailey made it third time lucky through a forest of legs
The home side's response was almost immediate as Josh Ford sent a looping centre into the box and Price created the space he needed to volley in strongly on the far post.
Lifted by the goal, Yate went for a second and it soon arrived when the visitors were dispossessed in midfield and Jack Twyman put Sims-Burgess through to squeeze his shot between Mawthorpe and the post.
There was a scare at the other end when Bailey's free kick passed right across the face of the goal without anyone adding the finishing touch until Moneyfields dampened the ending with an equalizer in stoppage time.
Substitute James Guthrie made ground down the right and although his low cross into the goalmouth missed several Moneyfield players Sam Pearce arrived quickly beyond the far post to hammer the ball home.
Man of the Match : Lewis Thomas (Yate Town): Attendance: 138. Entertainment rating 4/5
Yate Town: Thomas, Evans, Keightley, Peare (Kamara 81 minutes), Ford, Hitchings, Price, Guest, Mehew (Spruce 75 minutes), Sims-Burgess, Twyman. Subs not used: Boulton, Cann, Rennie.
Two difficult away game now follow, a trip to Premier Division Swindon Supermarine in the Southern League Cup on Tuesday and a top of the table league clash at Evesham United on Saturday.
Updated 12:56 - 23 Sep 2018 by Sebastian Parker